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Woman Finds Ex-Boyfriend in Attic

Jeffrey Hamilton/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- An ex-boyfriend from 12 years ago came back to haunt a woman – literally.

The victim, a 41-year-old woman from Rock Hill, S.C., who asked that she only be identified as Tracy, said she heard strange noises and noticed nails were coming through her ceiling when she returned home last Saturday, according to a police report.

As Tracy used her laptop in her bedroom that night, she couldn’t shake the feeling that “something just ain’t right,” she told the Charlotte Observer.

When she awoke during the night, she told the newspaper she thought “there was some poltergeist stuff going on.”

Tracy’s cousin went to investigate upstairs in the attic, where he found her ex-boyfriend, who was not identified in the police report. The suspect had been able to see through vents in the ceiling into Tracy’s bedroom, according to reports.

The ex fled the scene on foot and is still at large.

It is believed he had been sneaking into the attic for the past two weeks when Tracy and her five children were not home, according to the police report.

Tracy said she plans to press charges.

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Farmer Crushes 7 Police Cars With Tractor

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEWPORT, Vt.) -- Police in Vermont in hot pursuit of a suspect were without wheels when their quarry, an irate farmer with a tractor, allegedly crushed nearly half the department’s fleet of vehicles.

Orleans County police say 34-year-old Roger Pion, of Newport, Vt., drove a red tractor over seven vehicles in the parking lot of the county’s Sheriff’s Department Thursday afternoon, flattening their quest to apprehend the suspect.

Police inside the department’s office were unaware of the destruction happening outside until they received a 911 call and heard a horn blaring outside, Chief Deputy Philip Brooks told the Burlington Free Press.

Left with no cars, Brooks had to run to a nearby service station where another car was being worked on to try to catch Pion.

“We had nothing to pursue him with,” Brooks told the paper. “It’s more than half our fleet. We have 11 cars.”

Pion was caught by authorities from the rural city’s police department about one mile from the Sheriff’s office and arrested on 11 charges.  He is being held at the Northern State Correctional Center in Newport on $15,000 bail.

He is expected in court today to face seven counts of felony unlawful mischief, one misdemeanor count of unlawful mischief on suspicion of damaging the cars, one charge of leaving the scene of an accident, one count of grossly negligent operation and aggravated assault on Newport City police after he allegedly tried to back the tractor into a city cruiser while being pursued.

Police say that Pion had been arrested last month by Newport city police for charges of resisting arrest and possession of marijuana.

Pion was issued a citation in those cases and ordered to appear in Superior Court next Tuesday.  He was also held overnight in jail the night of that arrest at the request of the Vermont Probation and Parole Office, according to police.

No one was hurt in the incident but police estimated damage to the vehicles as high as $250,000.

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Bulb-Eating Bank Robber Busted

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A New York City man who sought fame by breaking painful records like speed-eating light bulbs apparently isn't too bright.

Cops were looking for Robert Williams in connection with a string of eleven bank robberies in New York, reports the New York Daily News.

When Williams returned to one of the Brooklyn banks he allegedly knocked over on Wednesday, employees immediately recognized him -- and not for his bulb-eating record.

Williams was arrested and charged with robbing eleven banks.

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Car Plunges Into Calif. Family’s Swimming Pool

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- A mother in California awoke on Mother’s Day to find more than just breakfast in bed or roses on the table. She found, instead, a silver Lexus at the bottom of her family’s swimming pool.  The car was not a strangely placed gift for her, however, but the unfortunate landing spot of a suspected drunken driver.

The San Gabriel Valley Tribune reports that the suspect, 40-year-old Modesto Cabral, was driving through the Los Angeles suburb of La Peunte, Calif., early Sunday morning when he plowed through a cinder block wall surrounding the home of the Diaz family and ended up directly in the family’s swimming pool.

California Highway Patrol officials say that Cabral allowed his 2006 Lexus GS430 to drive through an intersection, over a sidewalk and into the family’s backyard.

Cabral pulled himself to safety by squeezing through his car’s passenger side front window, authorities said.  He was booked on suspicion of driving under the influence and is being held in the county jail until a scheduled court appearance this Tuesday.

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Obiwan Kenobi Arrested in California

News10/KXTV(ROSEVILLE, Calif.) -- A 37-year-old California man who had changed his name to Obiwan Kenobi was arrested over the weekend in connection with a hit-and-run that sparked a four-car chain reaction crash in March.

According to KXTV, Kenobi was behind the wheel when he allegedly hit two cars his vehicle was trying to squeeze between.  The impact led to two other crashes.  Police say Kenobi then sped away.

Kenobi was arrested on suspicion of hit-and-run causing injury Saturday, briefly jailed, and released on bail.

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Car Thief Nabbed After Pocket Dialing Police

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(SEATTLE) -- The phenomenon of pocket dialing has landed another criminal behind bars.

Seattle Police say last month, an emergency dispatcher received a 44-minute, apparently accidental 911 call on which two men could be heard "casing" cars to steal.

The Seattle Times reports cops weren't able to pinpoint the source of the call, but had a general idea -- and it happened to be where a Toyota 4-Runner was reported stolen.

Four days later, they received two other accidental 911 calls from the same number. On one, the callers described the same vehicle that had been stolen. Another accidental call led an officer to a stolen Honda.

A fourth 911 call, occurring on April 1, led cops to a car parked at an apartment and 40-year-old Wesley Strom -- whose phone number allegedly matched all four calls. The suspect, who had an outstanding warrant against him, told responding Officer Eric Stevens his cellphone, "sometimes called 911 for no apparent reason."

Strom remains behind bars in lieu of $70,000 bail, the paper reports.

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Woman Wants to Marry Seattle Building

KOMO News/ABC News(SEATTLE) -- A Seattle community rights activist is going to the extreme to try and save a building in her neighborhood: she’s marrying it.

Babylonia Aivaz has invited the Seattle public to attend what she calls the “gay wedding” to the building on Sunday. The building is an abandoned warehouse that is in the process of being demolished, according to ABC affiliate KOMO. Aivaz hopes to save the space for a community center.

“Yes, I’m in love with a 107 year old building! Yes, ITS A GAY MARRIAGE! How is that possible? Well there must obviously be a deeper story,” Aivaz wrote on her Facebook invitation to the wedding.

In December, Avaiz and 16 others held a protest at the building, circling around the property and linking arms to fight for dedicated community space, according to the report. The warehouse is slated to be demolished and turned into a mixed-use apartment building.

But Aivaz wanted to go further.

“If corporations can have the rights as people, so can buildings,” Aivaz told KOMO. “I’m doing this to show the building how much I love it, how much I love community space and how much I love this neighborhood. And I want to stop it from gentrification.”

When demolition work began on the building this week, days ahead of the planned wedding, Aivaz went to the site of the work and changed into her wedding dress, climbing on equipment to draw attention to the cause.

She said the wedding would go on as planned Sunday.

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Strange Object Crashes through Massachusetts Roof

Hemera/Thinkstock(PLYMOUTH, Mass.) -- A mysterious object fell from the sky this week, crashing through the roof of Michael’s Wholesale Furniture Distributors in Plymouth, Mass., leaving a small hole in the roof and scattering debris throughout a closet, but otherwise leaving workers unharmed.

The cylindrical hunk of metal was about six inches long and weighed roughly five pounds. It crashed through the roof either Wednesday or Thursday, according to local authorities.

The origins of the object are currently unknown, with Plymouth Police telling a local affiliate that they could “only speculate,” and admitting that they, “have no clue.”

Federal Aviation Administration inspectors have determined that it is not an airplane part, saying that it most likely came from a piece of heavy machinery, possibly an industrial chipper/shredded. However, the manner in which the object got high enough, and fast enough, to cause that much damage, remains a mystery.

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'Frosty the Snowman' Arrested at Maryland Parade

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(BALTIMORE) -- A Chestertown, Md., man was arrested during a Christmas parade on Saturday, accused of scuffling with police and kicking at a police dog while dressed as Frosty the Snowman, according to Maryland's The Star Democrat.

Kevin Michael Walsh, 52, allegedly became agitated when a dog-handling officer tried to escort him away from the crowd, according to Sergeant John A. Dolgos.

Walsh says that he has dressed as Frosty in the parade for the last ten years and claims that he was wrongfully arrested. He says an officer “hassled” him after he commented on the police dog’s presence.

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